Black Culture Fest

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Black Culture Fest: A Celebration of the African Diaspora is an annual Oakland Public Library effort, now in its fourth year, coordinated by Black OPL staff who happily and proudly share the brilliance and strength of our heritages.

Black Culture Fest

Black History Month 2023 - Resistance

2023 Black History Month theme of “Resistance" explores the history of African Americans resistance to systemic oppression, in all forms

Black Children's Book Week

Join Librarian Pat, Join Librarian Pat, Tuesday, February 28 - Thursday, March 2 for pop-up storytime in the community.

OPL in SF Chronicle: 50 years of powerful Bay Area posters

50 years of powerful Bay Area posters collected by Oakland Public Library go online.

Black Culture Fest Events and Exhibits


Reading is Resistance


Sounds of Freedom

Book launch event for 'Black Roses' by author, poet, and Spoken Word performer Harold Green III in conversation with Kimberly Bryand (founder of Black Girls Code) at the Eastmont Branch of Oakland Public Library on April. 25, 2022.

African American Staff Lists

Slam! The Poetry of Black Resistance

Spoken Words and the art Black resistance are showcased in this selection of OPL titles.

Nu School Sounds of Resistance

In the early days of Hip-Hop the music and messages have served as a voice of resistance, social consciences, and pro-blackness. Listen up!

Ole' School Sounds of Freedom

For Black people across the diaspora music has played a crucial role in our fight towards freedom.

Black History Month Resources


Black History Resources

Congressman Ronald Dellums and Cesar Chavez standing on stage flashing V sign 1972-08-10


Afro-Latinx/Afro-Caribbean connections in California and celebrating the shared histories of African American and Latinx activism.

Global Black Cinema & the Art of Filmmaking!

Get inspired by this rich and varied sampling of historical, documentary and narrative photographic/cinematic work- all available at OPL!

Black Panther Newspapers

The Black Panther was the official newspaper for the Black Panther Party, founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1967.

Black Resistance: Starting from a Seed

Join Claudia Noble-Levingston and the AAMLO Seed Lending Library for a hands-on workshop exploring Black resistance through gardening.
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